Sri Lanka, known for its impressive track record in human development, however, fares poorly in women’s representation in Parliament.
Pointing out that there are only 10 women Members of Parliament out of a total 225 MPs, a report by the Commonwealth on the 2015 general elections in Sri Lanka asked the government to ensure that women’s participation is increased.
“The law does not provide any quota for women’s participation and representation in politics at the national level,” said the report, which was prepared by the Commonwealth Observer Group.
“Incorporating mandatory quotas for women candidates on party nomination lists or in national lists is one way to ensure that women’s representation in Parliament is increased.” Of 6,151 candidates in the fray during last year’s general elections, 556 were women, according to the report. (The Hindu, 2016)